East London is the home to many areas of cultural significance, even the area around M by Montcalm Shoreditch in Shoreditch has a stellar reputation for being a popular area for locals as well as tourists. SO if you’re staying at the Montcalm why would you leave the Shoredtich area when there’s so much promise of history, night life and culture? Well one answer could be the nearby areas such as Hoxton, where there is a wealth of activity to explore, catering to a wide range of tastes. Below are some of our favourite things that people love to do in Hoxton.
Street art London tours in Shoreditch
What better way to explore the creative hub of East London and the art freely on display on public walls than by taking a walking tour? Guided by street art experts, Hoxton plays host to some of the best art in the world by some of the most internationally renowned street artists making waves today, making this walking tour one not to miss if you have an interest in the medium. The sense of rebellion, innovation and political statement is second to none as you peruse the secret spots of lesser known Banksy pieces and satirical pieces by invader and C215. Not only is this a great way to see some of the best street art in the city, but also to find those hidden nooks and crannies when Exploring Hoxton Square and beyond.
Gunpowder plot commemorative plaque
One memorial which it may be worth paying attention to is the commemorative plaque for the Gun Powder Plot. The foiled attack by dissident Catholics opposed to the Church of England rule in England attempted to destroy the houses of parliament by planting lots of gunpowder underneath the building. The plotters sent a letter to a member of parliament who they sympathised with warning him not go to the houses of parliament that day, which in turn led to the foiling of the plot. The house they sent the letter to was on the West side of Hoxton Street, where you can find the plaque. This important and celebrated moment in British history is worth paying attention due to the annual bonfire night celebration being in celebration of the foiling of the plot and the upholding of British values.
The Geffrye museum explores what home life was like from the modern day to the 1600’s and was named after a former Mayor of London. Located on Kingsland Road, thegrade I listed building consists of a herb and landscape gardens showing the differences in time periods and how the everyday garden began to change over time. Within the museum you can find displays which show different interiors and the changes in lifestyles for the idle class over four centuries.
Columbia Road Flower Markets
The Columbia Road Flower Market is open every Sunday, whilst the street itself is home to many different florists all week long. Located not far from Hoxton station, the street is famous for its abundance of beautiful flower and plant sellers.